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Regimental number2078
Place of birthRiga, Latvia, Russia
AddressSailors' Home, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26.3
Height5' 2.5"
Weight123 lbs
Next of kinSister, Miss Matilda Brasche, Marij Street, Riga, Russia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date23 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll24 February 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Pioneer Battalion, Reinforcement 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/14/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 6 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Pioneer Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 4 June 1919
Discharge date31 August 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 6 June 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 26 July 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 2 Novemnber 1916; taken on strength, 2nd Pioneer Bn, in the field, 16 November 1916.

Admitted to 8th Field Ambulance, 9 April 1917 (scabies); discharged to duty, 19 April 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 20 April 1917.

Admitted to 7th Australian Field Ambulance, 14 May 1917 (scabies); rejoined unit, 20 May 1917.

Marched out to 2nd Army Rest Camp, 27 August 1917; rejoined Bn, 8 September 1917.

On leave to Paris, 28 January 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 2 February 1918.

Wounded in action, 17 July 1918 (gassed), and admitted to 5th Casualty Clearing Station, and transferred same day to 49th Casualty Clearing Station; rejoined Bn, 13 August 1918.

On leave to England, 29 September 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 17 October 1918.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 13 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Mahia', 5 June 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 17 July 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Melbourne, 31 August 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BRASCHE Martin

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